Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba finally got his chance on Tuesday evening to address the Parliament committee investigating the early naturalisation of the Gupta family. Anyone expecting a repeat of now-axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s confessions to the Zondo Commission was in for disappointment. Gigaba admitted no wrongdoing whatsoever when it came to his dealings with the Gupta family – yet started to sweat when pressed.
After the burning of several Metrorail trains in Cape Town, the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa laid out plans at Parliament on Tuesday to stabilise the institution. While Prasa addressed the parliamentary portfolio committee on transport, another train was ablaze at Cape Town station. MPs questioned the lack of urgency — Prasa’s immediate plans to fix commuter problems will only take place over the next 12 months.
Last week the Gauteng Local Division of the High Court, sitting as an Equality Court, found the statement that white people should be burned alive and skinned and used as fertiliser constituted hate speech. The outcome is unremarkable as the speech clearly falls within the ambit of hate speech. However, the reasoning of the court displays a worrying ignorance of Constitutional Law.
In South Africa we have made land reform synonymous with farming. It cannot be that mining abdicates its role in the land disposition of blacks and that the blame is placed squarely on farming. We need a holistic approach to the land question. The impact of a failed land distribution far outweighs our emotions.
As we move through the process of the State Capture inquiry, it can still be difficult to understand even the effect of blatant high-level corruption on the average family in South Africa. How can we begin to have conversations about what is fair remuneration for CEOs, or the difference between exploitative and enabling business practices in bottom of the pyramid markets when we’re so bad at joining the dots? We need to learn about thinking systemically, and how to see longer chains of causality.
Jameelah Omar: Patriarchal procedure — the hidden problems with criminalising the identification of suspects in sexual matters
Procedural laws are not neutral — a fact often overlooked because procedure is viewed as ‘just a set of rules’. Many of these rules are old and (hopefully) no longer reflect the convictions of the public.
TITO & THE MARKETS SWING BAND: ‘Known quantity’ Mboweni welcomed, if not necessarily warmly, as fifth finance minister in three years
Market friendly. That was pretty much the first reaction amid a broadly welcoming response to the appointment of Tito Mboweni as South Africa’s fifth finance minister in three years. The former labour minister and South African Reserve Bank governor, who in recent years has pursued private business interests, told journalists shortly after his swearing-in on Tuesday at the presidential Tuynhuys offices at Parliament: “I think the president has taken away my freedom.”
On Tuesday afternoon President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he had accepted the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister, and was appointing Tito Mboweni in his place. The President’s actions were revealing about his fears and his motives. They may also suggest that there are longer-term problems within the ANC that are currently coalescing around this particular position. Still, in the short to medium term, it appears Ramaphosa has managed to steady the ship, providing the markets with the experience and belief in economic orthodoxy they crave at this particular moment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has replaced Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister with former SA Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni. The move comes after days of speculation over whether the president would act on Nene’s revelations that he lied about meeting the Gupta family.
The clock is ticking on Solms-Delta, the wine estate near Franschhoek meant to showcase the official 50:50 farm worker empowerment policy, which has been in business rescue for some 15 months now. Liquidation looms, again, after some six weeks of meetings, requests for meetings and meetings not happening. If the issue of who the business rescue practitioner is is not resolved by deadline on Friday, it’s back to court to re-instate the liquidation.
At Parliament’s ongoing hearing into how the Gupta family obtained naturalisation on Tuesday, it was revealed that key Gupta lieutenant Ashu Chawla had a special demand for Parliament. If he was to return from India to address the Home Affairs committee, he required a return business class fight valued at around R77,000.
Nhlanhla Nene is probably going to be the first minister to take a fall for visiting the Guptas. That is probably right if we want to live in a time of good governance. But the incident does reveal the power of social media as well as its profound ignorance.